July 01, 2014 13:55
Over the next week, the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will be adding extra patrols to the streets of Portland for the 4th of July holiday weekend. This high visibility enforcement will be looking for people driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Independence Day is filled with celebrations, family, friends, food, and fireworks; but, all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, the 4th of July holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year, due to drunk-driving crashes.
According to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during July 4th holidays over the five year time period from 2007 to 2011, 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more.
Please celebrate our Nation's Independence Day safely and responsibly.
Don't forget, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1 and make a report.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204